Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Normal Neon

There are those in the world who have an affection for all things obnoxious and traffic-cone orange. They like to think they are NORMAL, but we all know they are actually just special...especially to me.This ball of yarn was very special because it was old, it was wool, it was obnoxious and it was traffic cone orange. Now, I have a tiny ball left to remind me I will probably never see that color in yarn again.

I used this pattern HERE, however, as you can see the gloves fit me well. I used the same yarn and hooks the pattern called for and I do not hook too tightly. I started a second pair for another dude and he couldn't get them over his fingers so I do suggest adjusting the pattern or the hooks if you are making these for a gent. The pattern is otherwise stellar as is my Normal friend. XO

Thursday, February 23, 2012

It All Depends...

...on this cube.

Or I may have to resort to snazzy parlor tricks come Friday night.

Friday, February 17, 2012

A Recipe: Rainbow Stir Fry with 1-2-3-4 Sauce

Since becoming a vegetarian, Hubble and I have been learning to expand our meal time repertoire. This recipe is one of my absolute favorites, is loaded with colorful veggies and suits my spicy cravings. It also makes great leftovers.

It's best if you do your prep ahead of time so when you get home from work you can just toss everything in the wok and you are ready to go. We like our veggies cut up in about 1 inch chunks and the carrots cut into disks.

Rainbow Stir Fry with 1-2-3-4 Sauce by John Pitts

Ingredients: Stir Fry

2 cups red cabbage, cut into 1 inch chunks
1 each red, yellow, orange bell pepper, chunked
2 medium to large carrots, cut into disks
1 large yellow onion, chunked
1/2 to 1 cup unsalted peanuts

2 Tbsp olive oil

**Get creative with the colors - sometimes we use mushrooms, edamame, bean sprouts, green bell pepper, squash...whatever sounds good and we have on hand!

Ingredients: 1-2-3-4 Sauce
1 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp brown sugar
3 Tbsp Frank's hot sauce (or other high quality sauce)
4 Tbsp soy sauce

Directions: Add 2 T olive oil to wok over high heat. While oil and the wok is heating up, mix ingredients in small sauce pot over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally. Once wok is hot, add all cut up veggies and peanuts and start stirring. Stir veggies and peanuts for 2-4 minutes until they are just slightly cooked. Turn off heat and remove wok. Add 1-2-3-4 sauce to stir fry and stir until evenly coated. Serve over rice and enjoy!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

For the Love

Even if today is a made-up holiday, take some time to share your heart with someone. i <3 u.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Mug Cozies

Still reporting on the yarning I did for the holidays brings us to 4 coffee mug cozies. You can find the pattern HERE on Ravelry. The designer, Betsi Brunson, also gives permission to sell any cozies made from this pattern if that is what you are into.

This one is probably my favorite. It held its shape the best and fit the mug, nice and snug. I added a crab stitch to finish the top. This yarn is Vanna's choice from my stash, and worked the best for this pattern compared to the other acrylics I used.

No crab stitch finishing here and it is a little large, but the cozy did not stretch out wonky because of this. Also, I should probably find a better mug without a coffee ring in it for photos. Oops.

This turned out to be a quick gift, but I definitely recommend using all the same brand/type of yarn if you are making multiples. 4 different worsted weight acrylics yielded 4 very different results. XO.

Friday, February 10, 2012

WWE Belt - Free Pattern

So the Dude is completely absorbed with beastly muscle-men who feign athleticism in their undies, which should have meant that his ornament was a no-brainer. However, when it comes to World Wrestling Entertainment, I am a little thick sometimes, so the Dude gave me a pile-driver to set me on the right track.

And hello...what is this? My first FREE pattern on here...yeah-uh!

Black worsted weight yarn
Felt - you pick the color
Embroidery floss to match your felt
Black and red embroidery floss
Embroidery needle
Invisible thread for hanging
Size F crochet hook
Yarn needle

Abbreviations: US terminology
Adj ring - adjustable ring (how-to)
sc - single crochet
inc - increase by one single crochet
sl - slip stitch
hdc - half double crochet
ch - chain
dec - decrease by one single crochet (crochet two sc together!)

Adj ring, 6 sc in ring.
Inc in each (12)
Inc in next 2 sc, sc in next 4 -twice (16)
sc, inc in next 3 sc, sc in next 4 - twice (22)
sc in next 2, inc in next 4, sc in next 3, inc in next 2 sc - twice (3=)
Sl stitch and fasten off. Weave in ends.

Attach yarn in 3rd st from sl st.
Hdc,sc in next 4, 1 hdc, ch 1, turn.
sc across (6), ch 1, turn.
sc in next 2, dec, sc in next 2, ch 1 turn.
sc across (5), ch 1 turn
sc in next 2, dec, sc, ch 1, turn
sc across (4), ch 1, turn
sc, 1 hdc dec, sc
Fasten off.
Repeat on other side.

Using felt color of your choice, lightly mark an outline for the center and straps. Before cutting out, embroider the logo onto the felt. Backstitch felt pieces to belt. For hanging, use invisible thread and attach at four equally spaced points on top of belt for balance. Or...

If you make it a wearable piece for a toy, then leave about a 3-4 inch tail on both sides of the strap for tying. Let me know if something doesn't make sense.

The legal bits...Please do not sell my pattern or items made with this pattern. Make as many as you like to give away as gifts, but please credit me as the designer. Thanks a lot!

Sidebar - Wouldn't the Yo Gabba Gabba friends be great on the WWE? I think most fans of wrestling would disagree, but I think they are overlooking a golden opportunity. Just saying.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Blanket for Bella

And no...this is not a post about a Twilight blanket. 'Cause that would be lame unless it was made from the fur of a werewolf, even though I am Team Edward.


In any event, Bella happens to be my dog and could act tail-chasing circles around Kristen Stewart. To reward her efforts and replace the rag that she loved to pieces I made her a new lap blankie to cover her bed-puff-er...thing.

She likes to pretend she helped, but I mean really. Look at her. Round and around the granny square goes.

No blocking necessary for a pooch's throne and it was a good way to get rid of some variegated yarn I had no idea what to do with. Plus I diminished my stash by two skeins which ought to please Hubble. He's just lucky I haven't replaced it.


Monday, February 6, 2012

Jump Back In

There is a reason I chose not to resolve anything new this year. You never know what is going to come your pneumonia, which will put you down for a couple of weeks and dissolve any plans you may have made for the month of January. And that's OK. Plans-schmans!

Speaking of breaking character, we needed some new coasters in our table rotation so guess what I made?

Fricking hearts! Can you believe that?

No wonder I was (mistakenly) called "conservative" and "cutesy" in the same day.

I did, however, stick with jewel tones as not to incite nausea.We're lovers here, but we also have limits.

Inspired by these here and used the heart portion of this pattern. XO